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My Woo Hoo Wall

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Friday, October 18, 2013

I was sitting in my office at home and reflecting on the last 3 years and it finally dawned on me that I really DO need a break from my routine. I was so focused on pounding out one event after another, so focused on the carrot of another accomplishment, that I never really realized just how HARD I was driving myself. Maybe this whole "downer" episode was simply my body's way of crying uncle.

The whole point of this lifestyle transformation is to lead yourself beside the still waters, not beat yourself into submission.

I took a look at my "woo hoo wall". My woo hoo wall is a special place in my man cave where I hang my trophies. It isn't a place where I brag about what I have done for very few people in my world have seen it. It is a place where I am reminded of the strength I had to do what I did and that, YES, it was ME that crossed the line. Although it is not scripture, I have often envisioned King David being discouraged about something and then, upon seeing the sword of Goliath hanging there, being reminded of what faith he had that day and how he was the victor.

Same here.

While they are not swords, these trophies all represent something huge...

Allow me to share... I'm just doing this to encourage myself so bear with me.


Medals


First Half Marathon


First Marathon


First Sprint Triathlon


First 70.3 (70.3 mile triathlon - 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run)


First Long Course open water swim - 2.25 miles Teal lake swim (1hr:41 min)
-even got my picture taken with an Olympic Gold Medalist


Wall



What really gives me pause is that in the time it took to do all of this, the volume, distance, and intensity has been off the charts. I rapidly came up through the ranks, especially in triathlon. I taught myself how to swim and went from choking on pool water after a couple of laps to taking on a Sprint, a 70.3 and a long course open water swim where I would have finished well below what would have been the swim cut off for the Ironman. When it came to running, I went from huffing and puffing while counting mailboxes to finishing 26.2 miles
-also with some huffing and puffing ;)

I have pushed myself HARD and have done a total of 23 events in 3 years almost exactly and I realize now just what kind of a toll that such a rapid advance has taken on me. I've made some pretty broad jumps, especially for being an everyday athlete.

I believe that this is what has really given me a backbone and the stick-to-it-iveness but it is time to be realistic. If I were training someone, I would never push them as hard as I have pushed myself. I am not Superman.

I guess I said all of this to say this, I am not quitting running or triathlon. I have just finally come to a sense of maturity that says that I cannot out run my demons. I don't have to prove anything so slow down and build myself up both inside and out.

My dream has always been to do an Iron distance triathlon (140.6 miles). In order to work to that level, everything has to be in balance. It takes an elite level of self management, training, and fitness just to make it to get to the starting line much less to the place where they hang a medal around your neck.

It is a mountain I want to climb. While it now stands in the realm of someday, I often look through my minds eye what the view from the top must look like. To breathe the air that few experience, to take in the achievement, to know that I did it. To go from a total couch potato to elite athlete.

The reasons why are deep, visceral, and hard to explain to a casual reader. It's one of those things that come with both a burning yes and also a sense of quiet resolve that shows in the day to day grind.

Something like this is a calling. Even when I was down, my mind would drift and visualize what it has got to feel like to cross THAT finish line. to know that in every sense you are a champion. Feels more like an inevitable destiny, I was born to do this, but to do it, I have to be smart about it.

I'm rambling now... sorry... I'll stop. I went from blogging to dreaming out loud, or are both one and the same?
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LORIVIOLA 3/26/2014 10:00AM

    emoticon for sharing your fantastic emoticon wall!

i'm inspired!

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TERRIJ7 3/9/2014 1:08PM

    Very good insights.

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GRAMPIAN 12/17/2013 6:29AM

  Brilliant. emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/8/2013 5:11AM

  AWESOME

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LSPIZZA 11/14/2013 7:34AM

    Great emoticon wall!!!

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ALIDOSHA 11/11/2013 4:35PM

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MISSLISA1973 11/3/2013 12:40AM

    I am so proud of you for everything. What an amazing journey you have been on, and you keep learning every step of the way. I consider myself fortunate to call you "friend."

And did you notice? As you scroll down through your blog, the shirts look smaller...! emoticon

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MIMOTOGO 11/2/2013 1:18PM

    Robert, I am so happy that you did this blog. It shows just how much you have grown not only as an athlete but also as a Man/Husband/Father who wants the best for himself and his family. So very happy you did the Man Cave photos as this is your trophy case that represents all the hard work it takes to do the events. Can't imagine the hours all combined it took to get you here today. Just know that when you need it, what ever "it" is, you will find a way to greet it face to face. You are simply AMAZING! Thank you for your inspiration.

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MCJULIEO 11/2/2013 9:41AM

    Wow. Just Wow.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/27/2013 7:51PM

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BANDMOM2012 10/25/2013 11:39AM

    I loved this today. Thanks for the shot of inspiration :)

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JOELEVENACIOUS 10/25/2013 8:06AM

    keep up the good work!

Hey people even like the shirt and tie Robert!

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You will get there when the time is right to be there.




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LOLABLACK69 10/23/2013 8:33AM

    You have so much to be proud of! Keep going! emoticon

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 10/22/2013 12:41PM

  That is cool!

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BETHLOVESBIKING 10/22/2013 11:47AM

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You inspired me! Congratulations on all your accomplishments! Love the idea of a sort of trophy room for yourself --to remember how far you've come.

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MOTHEPRO 10/21/2013 5:24PM

    emoticon Congratulations on all you've accomplished! You are very inspiring! I agree it's important to find a balance with training as with everything else in life.
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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 10/21/2013 4:28PM

    So glad you're feeling better & I don't have to come kick your butt for your. Wishing you continued success!

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AGGIEKBEAR03 10/21/2013 2:53PM

    You have a way with words and I always enjoy reading your blogs. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. There is no doubt in my mind that you've got this!

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MRSRIGS1 10/21/2013 2:34PM

    I love the way you have your medals and memorabilia displayed! You know your body best and you have met some awesome goals. I know you will never slack off though. emoticon

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FIRECOM 10/21/2013 12:11PM

    GREAT BLOG. I don't have a man cave as our home is too small to accommodate one. I can only dream, right?

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KWING517 10/21/2013 10:07AM

    Good for you!! We all need to learn our limits, but we need to push them first to be sure of what they are :)

Wait - the Mackinaw Island race?? My SIL has run that one for years (she skipped this year though) - it's one of her favorites!!

Have a great day!!

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-STARRYEYED- 10/20/2013 9:18PM

    I love the pictures you shared & your blog - as usual! Robert, you are such an unparalleled inspiration to me. The way you follow your spirit and be honest with yourself makes me realize I can do the same. Finding the balance is doable, and I am sure you can do it!




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SONYARODRI29 10/20/2013 7:24PM

    Amazing blog! I love your story and your accomplishments are WOW!

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PENOWOK 10/20/2013 4:22PM

    Congrats on all points!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 10/20/2013 3:58PM

    Love the wall! Would love to know where you got your medal hanger from that says 'RUNNER' . I've been wanting one! The body will tell us when it needs a change, it's up to us to listen to it. I've found that a change in routine often (after the initial hesitation) provides a great opportunity.

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RENATA144 10/20/2013 3:18PM

  You have every reason to be proud of what you have accomplished. You need to live a fulfilling life. We all need to live a well rounded & balanced life with lots of variety. emoticon for Sharing your emoticon wall with us. Do what you need to do to be happy. That's what matters.
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LFROCILLO 10/20/2013 10:22AM

    emoticon You should be VERY proud!

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NEWTINK 10/20/2013 6:18AM

    emoticon the most important thing you said was " i cant out run my demons" . I know that feeling well .

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JUST_TRI_IT 10/20/2013 1:03AM

    How wise .. "I have just finally come to a sense of maturity that says that I cannot out run my demons." I heard once that one of the ways to deal with the demons is to turn around and face them down. Sounds like you are making that turn now. And just like any corner, you gotta slow down in order to not crash.

Slowing down is part of the journey. You will hear the sound of your own voice. What we have read from you in the past three years is now here for you to listen to.

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  You have so many reasons to be proud!!!!! emoticon

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  Good blog

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LSPIZZA 10/19/2013 8:55PM

    I had no idea you taught yourself to swim. You are so amazing. I have been an ocean swimmer my whole life (really- mom and dad had me in the ocean before I walked - as we did with our girls) and I hate group open water swimming. I will only do reverse tris now since I will nit get in the water in a group ever again. Flailing poor swimmers all around me creates anxiety!

Be proud of yourself. And be kind to yourself.

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SPARKLISE 10/19/2013 8:14PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/19/2013 6:22PM

  you recently did an amazing race awhile back. Come on, you earned the right to kick back somewhat.

It's intersting what you said, about how it would be training someone else compared to you. One has to be somewhat driven, but not to the point of burn out and exhaustion. So recharge your batteries and enjoy yourself a bit. It's hard to remain at such a high intensity all the time.

Obviously, you don't want to park it and spend the rest of your life, and say, that's it, I'm done and think about the past and what might of been.

But you should get some pleasure out of it, and that's why perhaps you could do some things that you really love, just to do it, and figure out a time period to make steps, but that can be modified.

Yesterday Brad, said he was diappointed he didn't lose hisa goal weight on his birthday but what he has already done is UNREAL and HUGE .

I bet some of us would cry or jump around to have such a wall to remind ourselves...

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MARYJEANSL 10/19/2013 5:47PM

  A wall of success - many, many congratulations! I believe you will attain all your goals.

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